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Strategic Solutions uses the most advanced data analytic procedures to investigate program and organizational processes and outcomes. Where appropriate, comparisons are made with comparable local, state and/or national statistics.

SSI conducts data analysis, policy analysis and cost analysis

Additionally, a number of techniques are employed to better illuminate qualitative findings and synthesize and quantify information from case studies, focus groups, interviews and observations.

The most current statistical software (e.g., SPSS) and/or spreadsheet applications (e.g., EXCEL, ACCESS) are used to enter and analyze data.

Analysis procedures are briefly outlined below.
  

      

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A. Data Analysis: depending upon the type of data collected, most likely both descriptive and inferential statistics will be generated.

1. Descriptive Statistics: determines measures of central tendency, variability and range, etc..

2. Inferential Statistics: determines whether actual gains were made (vs. gains made by chance) from pre-to post-program periods by using tests of significance (e.g., t-test, f-test, CHI).

3. Multivariate Analysis: beyond these, some form of multivariate techniques may be used to examine relationships among key program components. Multi-analysis of variance (MANOVA) and/or other regressions methods determine the degree of correlation between program interventions and outcomes. 

Regression models use statistical methods to predict how things might have been without the intervention. This method takes into account relevant factors, including current status and critical contextual variables (e.g., demographic and socio-economic backgrounds of program recipients, etc.).
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B. Qualitative Analysis: to better illuminate qualitative findings and synthesize and quantify information from case studies, focus groups, interviews and observations additionally, any number of techniques are employed: Pattern Matching, Social Dynamics, Social Network Analysis and Content Analysis.

C. Cost Analysis: Further, a number of cost-analyses could be conducted to determine return on investment by taking into consideration cost per recipient and/or program costs vs. benefits. The analysis can be used to inform program planning and budgeting as well as secure financial support for sustainability.
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D. Policy Analysis: SSI also conducts public policy research and analysis on behalf of think tanks, government agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and lobbying firms.    

Depending upon need, area of interest and purpose, SSI will help your organization determine which of several alternative policies will best achieve a given set of goals.   SSI does this through analysis that is:  

1.  Analytical & Descriptive: explains policies and their development; or    

2.  Prescriptive: formulates policies and proposals to bring about change  

See Policy Analysis Reports